An overview of the engines in the new 2019 BMW 3 Series – VIDEO

3-Series, Engines, Videos | November 25th, 2018 by 9
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At the launch of the new 2019 BMW 3 Series in Portugal, Dr. Michael Rath, the Project Leader Drivetrain BMW 3 Series, has given the …

At the launch of the new 2019 BMW 3 Series in Portugal, Dr. Michael Rath, the Project Leader Drivetrain BMW 3 Series, has given the media an overview of the new engines found in the 2019 BMW 3 Series, along with the revised eight-speed ZF transmission.

The G20-generation 3 Series is not the first to ever get a four-cylinder engine. Even in America, the four-cylinder engines have always been a big part of the 3 Series lineup. However, this new one gets the most powerful four-cylinder to ever power a BMW. With 255 hp, the upcoming BMW 330i’s 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is the most powerful four-pot to ever power a production BMW, excluding the M Performance X2 M35i. That’s a pretty big deal, considering the fact that BMW’s headquarters is in the shape of four cylinders, proving how important such an engine has been to the brand.

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The engine is also paired with an eight-speed automatic as-standard but will come in either rear or all-wheel drive. All combined, the BMW 330i can hit 60 mph in 5.6 seconds.

The top of the line M340i is powered by a 3.0 liter turbocharged inline-six engine that makes 382 hp (374 hp in Europe) and 369 lb-ft of torque. That makes it equally as powerful as the new Z4 and makes both of those cars the most powerful non-M, six-cylinder BMWs. When paired with its as-standard eight-speed automatic and optional xDrive all-wheel drive (rear-wheel drive is standard), the M340i can hit 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds, barely any slower than the F80 BMW M3.

As for European models, which will include the aforementioned 330i and M340i, there will be a BMW 320i, 318d, 320d and 330d. The 320i will pack a 2.0 liter turbo-four petrol engine, making 184 hp and getting 6.0–5.7 l/100 km. The 318d will be the uber-efficient, four-pot diesel model, with just 150 hp but 4.5–4.2 l/100 km. Though, the volume model will likely be the BMW 320d, with its 2.0 liter turbo-four diesel making 190 hp and returning combined: 4.7–4.4 l/100 km.

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If you want diesel efficiency with some extra grunt, though, you might want to spring for the BMW 330d. That gets you a 3.0 liter turbocharged inline-six diesel with 265 hp, while returning 5.2–4.8 l/100 km.

Summer 2019 will see a further addition to the drive system portfolio in the form of a plug-in hybrid model. This new generation of the BMW 330e Sedan provides up to 60 kilometers (37 miles) of electric range and a fuel consumption of 1.7 liters per 100 kilometers (138 mpg).

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The electric drive integrated into the eight-speed Steptronic transmission joins forces with the combustion engine to generate system output of up to 185 kW – or up to 215 kW when the newly developed XtraBoost mode is engaged. The BMW 330e Sedan can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.0 seconds.

To learn more about the new engines, please see the video below.

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